Sept. 25, 2005
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Florida scored two goals within a two-minute span and then the #17 Gators held on to defeat Auburn, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at UF's Pressly Stadium. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-6-1, 1-1-0 SEC while Florida moved to 6-2-1, 1-0-1 SEC.
"Florida was a little fresher and went deeper into their bench, which we don't have right now, and they got two ugly goals and that was the difference in the game," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We played a great second half and just couldn't get any goals. Courtney (Crandell) hit the post and Ronda (Brooks) had a chance at the end, but we just couldn't get it through."
Florida got two goals within a two-minute span late in the first half as both Jessica Young and Bianca Gibbs found a hole in the AU defense and beat AU goalkeeper Anna Fiser.
Young's goal came after a short Florida offensive barrage as Young corralled a rebound off of a Fiser save and put in the unassisted goal at the 39:21 mark from two yards out.
Two minutes later it was Gibbs who took a short pass from Young six-yards out and again found the back of the net, putting the Gators up 2-0 heading into the half.
Courtney Crandell brought the Tigers within a goal at the 59:52 mark as she took a long clearing pass from Lauren Stewart and split the UF defense, firing in a long shot from the top of the box for her first goal of the season.
Crandell was inches away of knotting the game up later on in the second as her shot from inside the 18-yard box with 13:00 minutes left found the right post.
Brooks also had a solid chance as with 14 seconds left she took another long clearing pass and fired a shot, but it went up and over the net, ending the AU threat.
Florida recorded 18 shots to Auburn's eight with Fiser making 14 saves for AU.
The Tigers will return to the Auburn Soccer Complex for the conference home opener on Friday night, Sept. 30 against Vanderbilt. The Tigers and Commodores will kick off at 7 p.m. CT. Fans wishing to listen to the game may do so on WZMG 910 AM in the Auburn-Opelika area or on the internet at www.auburntigers.com. Admission to all home regular-season soccer matches is free.